Classes

West African Dance@Noon

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019
Level: All levels
Instructor: Joh Camara 
For all levels, this class introduces students to traditional West African dance and culture. Students will develop body strength and flexibility by learning intricate feet patterns, hand movements, and full movement sequences. Each class will be accompanied by live drumming and will include a warm-up, a break-down of the movements, high energy dancing, and will... Read more about West African Dance@Noon

Contemporary I

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: All levels
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Accompanist: Akili Jamal Haynes 
This course introduces the fundamentals of classical Modern dance technique and shows its evolution into what is now called Contemporary dance. Students are introduced to the basic vocabulary of Graham, Horton and Limón techniques, including such terms as the c-curve, undulation, lateral arch, fall and rebound, spiraling, release swing, and contract and release. The use of the torso and working in a way that is “grounded” are emphasized as defining modern dance movement qualities. In addition to building a strong vocabulary of classical modern dance, as it applies to contemporary dance, the students will explore each style through a series of movement studies designed to develop one’s muscle memory and movement fluidity. Live accompaniment! 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1
Days/Time: F 6-7:30pm

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet or socks. 

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Contemporary Latin/Ballroom

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: All levels
Instructor: Ilya Vidrin
For all levels, these classes are based in the foundations of ballet and classical modern techniques and Latin/Ballroom dynamics. Starting with a warm-up to support pelvic stability and core strength with a focus on physical rhythm, coordination, and musicality, the class moves through movement patterns from dances like the cha-cha, rumba, salsa, merengue, samba, and tango. Exercises build and move fluidly from solo to partnered actions which emerge and evolve through foundational Latin/Ballroom principles.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and socks. 

Bharatanatyam

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: All levels 
Instructor: Sunanda Narayanan
A class for all levels introducing students to Bharatanatyam, an ancient classical dance form of India that has been continuously practiced and performed for over a millennium. This dance style is highly stylized combining pure dance and mime accompanied by music, rhythm, and lyrics. Students will learn about intricate pure dance movements that demand coordination and that combine footwork, hand gestures, eye, and neck movements. Students will also learn to communicate using facial expressions to convey the meanings of song, as well as the history and spiritual connection of the art form. Each class will include a warm up and dance movements that will lead to learning short dance pieces.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 
Days/Time: T 6-7:30pm

Attire: Suggested attire for class is leggings, long t-shirts or tunics, and bare feet. 

West African Dance

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: All levels
Instructor: Joh Camara 
For all levels, this class introduces students to traditional West African dance and culture. Students will develop body strength and flexibility by learning intricate feet patterns, hand movements, and full movement sequences. Each class will be accompanied by live drumming and will include a warm-up, a break-down of the movements, high energy dancing, and will close with a community dance circle.

Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. 

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Ballet I

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: I
Instructor: TBA
Accompanists: Robin Cho and Yulia Yun
Ballet for every body. This course focuses on the curvilinear designs of ballet technique and its inextricable connection to musicality and motion. Starting from ballet barre and building to center work at a pace for those taking ballet for the first time or dancers who want to revisit the basics. Students taking this class must sign up for the full 10 weeks. This course is for registered participants only; no drop-ins.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1
Days/Times: M, W, 7:30-9pm
Attire: Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Ballet@Noon

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: II 
Instructor: Jean Robens Georges
Accompanist: Jakov Jakoulov
For dancers who have taken Ballet I or have some prior ballet experience, these classes will focus on building upon the basic designs of ballet technique, learning more complex phrases of movement, and musicality. Designed to fit into the lunch hour, this class is slightly truncated, at 1 hour and 15 minutes. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1
Day/Time: Th 12-1:15pm

Attire:  Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Ballet II

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: II
Instructor: Elizabeth Epsen
Accompanist: Jakov Jakoulov 
For dancers who have taken Ballet I or have some prior ballet experience, these classes will focus on building upon the basic designs of ballet technique, learning more complex phrases of movement, and musicality.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2
Days/Times: M, W 7:30-9pm


Attire: Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Ballet III

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: III
Instructors: Yury Yanowksy
Accompanists: Jakov Jakoulov and Yulia Yun 
Focusing on developing advanced, integrated coordinative skills and dynamics, this class fosters a more diverse vocabulary for dancing in the spirit of rigor, curiosity and individual artistry. At least three years of advanced level ballet required.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 on Tuesdays and Studio 2 on Saturdays
Days/Times: T 7:30-9pm, Sa 10-11:30am

Attire:  Dance/yoga/workout wear — something comfortable to move in. Socks and or ballet shoes* recommended. * Please reach out to find out more about our shoe sponsorship program.

Contemporary I

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: All levels
Instructor: TBA
An introduction to Contemporary dance movement techniques developed in the 1970’s to the present day, for all levels of experience. The classes will explore dynamic alignment and efficiency of movement by first warming the body with attention to structure and fluidity in the joints. Tasks and movement phrases will help students explore the body’s relationship to gravity, space, and weight while moving on and out of the floor. Emphasis is placed on building a cerebral toolkit for approaching dance phrasework and improvisation, while increasing awareness of the body in the classes and for daily life. The classes also aim to develop aesthetic discernment and the capacity for play. No previous dance experience necessary.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1
Days/Time: T 7:30-9pm

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet or socks. 

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Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: II/III
Instructor: TBA
Drawing upon myriad movement methods and somatic practices, this course provides exposure to current working methods of international and national Contemporary dance domains. Emphasis is placed on building stamina while exploring dynamic specificity and effective choice-making as an individual. Strength and clarity of movement will be built using tasks, phrases, and improvisation in order to increase availability to movement ideas and movement potential. Foundational dance training encouraged.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2
Days/Time: M 6-7:30pm


Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet or socks. 

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Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: All levels
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Combines the classical modern dance Katherine Dunham barre vocabulary, yoga, Pilates, integrated breathing exercises, and musicality to build stamina and coordination essential to the dancing body. (Note: please bring a yoga or exercise mat).
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1
Days/Time: Sa 10-11:30am

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet or socks.  
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Gaga/people

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: All levels
Instructor: Mario Zambrano
Gaga—the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv from 1990-2018, and current House Choreographer—is a continuous, sensation-based movement class. Students are encouraged to interpret and experience the somatic practice of listening to the body while activating a total sensorial attention. Gaga offers a creative framework for students to engage with physicality and imagination, bridging the activity between body and mind while increasing physical potential. There are no mirrors in Gaga, and there are no observers. The class moves in continuum without breaks for a minimum of an hour. Gaga/people is intended for and welcomes students who have not had any previous dance training.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 

Attire: Comfortable clothes you can move in and bare feet or socks.

Get It Done! Interdisciplinary Projects

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2019

Dates: June 4 - July 30geoffanne
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm 
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder and Geoff Booras

Course Description:  This class is a forum for experimentation with contemporary art methods of ceramic sculpture, mixed media, and installation, including site-specific work. The focus will be on the pragmatic aspects of creating interdisciplinary work on a fixed schedule: prioritizing tasks, meeting deadlines, selecting materials, anticipating and finding solutions for problems, as well as employing a fluid work flow between two and three dimensions and other media such as sound and performance. For those who choose to participate, there is an outdoor exhibition opportunity as part of an established annual sculpture walk at the end of the summer. A variety of skills will be covered, including sculptural clay and hand building, images on clay, alternate materials to clay, and skills related to navigating the world outside the studio. (9 classes/10 weeks).... Read more about Get It Done! Interdisciplinary Projects

Explore | Refine

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2019

Dates: June 6 - August 8*Zac Throwing
Days/Times: Thursdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Zac Mickelson

Course Description: This class format focuses on breaking old habits and considering new directions to take our work including utility, form and surface. There are three, three-week cycles to this 9-week class. For two weeks, students, with the guidance of the instructor will “explore” through experimentation with different forms. The third week, the group comes together to “refine” through critique intended to refine our ideas. This format is then repeated two more times. Though this class does focus primarily on the wheel, hand builders are welcome! Class demonstrations will be given based on student input with the remainder of the class being one-on-one help. (9 classes/10 weeks) *Note: No classes on Thursday, July 4th for Indepdence Day!

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